What's the difference between meinen, bedeuten, and heißen?
Synonyms in German function differently--they overlap differently--than in English.
Well, of course they do, right? Because it's a different language.
A lot of German learners - A1, A2 and B1-level learners confuse the verbs meinen, bedeuten, and heißen because in English they all mean "to mean."
bedeuten = to mean
heißen = to mean (also means "to be called," which you'll hear as well today)
meinen = to mean
The good news is, there are ways to tell them apart and you'll learn them in…
What is A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 in German learning?
In this 5th episode of the GermanWithNicole.com Podcast you'll learn what these designations mean for German learning.
You've surely seen this alphabet-number combination on German learning materials and maybe you've seen or taken a German language assessment test and received one of these combinations as a result. “You can take a class at the A2 level.”
But what does it mean?! And why should you care?!
Hint: Understanding these combinations will make your German learning life sooooo much eas…
Fun, Guided German Listening Practice
If you're looking for listening practice at your level of German, you can now find it in Stube Radio.
Stube Radio consists of real German news articles (but not THAT kind of news) recorded by Frau Warner. There is a PDF transcript for you to download and keep (if you like).
What Stube Radio ISN'T
The most important thing for you to understand is that Stube Radio ISN'T news articles based on the horror-show of the day.
It's not some super bored dude reading off the news at a very slow tempo…
Jein = ja + nein
"Jein" is definitely one of the best words in the German language.
It's one word for both yes and no.
ja + nein = jein
Knowing the word "jein" in German opens up a whole new world for German learners and their eyes get really big and their ears perk the first time they hear the word.
"Jein" also has several uses; for starters, "jein" allows you to give two simultaneous answers to one question: ja und nein - yes and no.
This is perfect for difficult answers.
When it's impossible to give a s…
5 Top Tips to Help You Speak German More Easily
Erfolg hat drei Buchstaben: t u n !
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Success has two letters: do!
To be successful at speaking German, you need to speak, and trying to speak without any form or specific goal makes it more difficult. It’s important to give yourself a specific task or framework for speaking.
Most people simply try to talk about everything all the time. That won't help you. Why? Because you know a TON of English/whatever your native language is, however in a foreign language …
7 German Words for Spring Cleaning
Der Frühlingsputz ist ein Muss.
Spring cleaning is a 'must.'
It's not always a lot of fun, however it could be more interesting if you learn the German words for what you do.
Here are 7 words and phrases (including 6 verbs!) to help you learn German as you do your Frühlingsputz.
You can download the vocabulary card and print it out.
You could even use it as a checklist for your Spring cleaning.
If you like to do parts of your Spring cleaning over a couple of weekends, you cou…
11 German Words for Holy Week and Easter (Karwoche und Ostern)
Christian Holidays are often public holidays in Germany, so these are good words to know whether you're non-religious, atheist, agnostic, or religious.
The schedule carries over into school and school breaks, too. One of my clients is currently on Osterferien, Easter Holidays, and doesn't have school this week or next.
This week is Karwoche, or Holy Week, and in a non-pandemic year there would be much singing of the Bach Passions: the Matthäus-Passion (St. Matthew Passion), the Johannes-Passio…
Take this Relaxing Video Trip to Bavaria
Wenn man nicht reisen kann, egal ob man zu wenig Geld hat oder es eine Pandemie gibt, kann man immer das Internet benutzen, um eine virtuelle Reise zu machen.
Es kostet nichts und man kann die gleiche Reise immer wieder machen.
Diese Woche gibt es eine Videoreise nach Bayern. Sie können verschiedene Seen sehen, eine Wiese, verschiedene Städte und vieles mehr.
Kommen Sie für 4 Minuten, 30 Sekunden mit nach Bayern.
When the time isn't right to travel, no matter if it's because money is tigh…
What are the Six Levels of Learning German?
If you've seen the combinations A1, B2 or C1 on your German books but you don't know or understand what they mean, this post is for you!
There are six total combinations of letters and numbers: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. These are simply guidelines for figuring out where you are in the German learning process.
The name for this straightforward scale is the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or the CEFR.
Why the CEFR is so helpful
This scale is so clear, so helpful for Germa…
What Are the Six Parts of Learning German?
Ask any new German learner and they will say German has a million parts and a gazillion words and then you can add the words together to makes new words and...
There are only six parts to learning German.
No one part is more important than the other, either, as they are all part of the same machine, if you will.
Think of it like a car.
Does a car function well if part of it is missing or broken? Not usually!
A couple of weeks ago my car battery died (I'll spare you the details becaus…
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